Alston & Bird

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Alston & Bird LLP
Alston & Bird LLP logo.svg
HeadquartersOne Atlantic Center
Atlanta, Georgia
United States
No. of offices13[1]
No. of attorneys829[2]
No. of employees1,627
Major practice areascorporate law, litigation, intellectual property, tax law
Key peopleRichard R. Hays (Chairman and Managing Partner)
Revenue$1.02 billion (2021)[2]
Profit per equity partner$3,075,000 (2021)[2]
Date founded1893; 130 years ago (1893)
Company typeLLP

Alston & Bird LLP is an international law firm with over 800 lawyers in 13 offices throughout the United States, Europe, the UK,[3] and Asia. The firm provides legal services to both domestic and international clients who conduct business worldwide.[4] Alston & Bird has advised companies including, The Coca-Cola Company, Microsoft, Bank of America, Starbucks, Toyota, Dell, UPS, and Nokia. Since 2000, Fortune has ranked the firm in the 100 Best Companies to Work For list.[5] The firm's core practices include intellectual property, complex litigation, corporate and tax, with national industry focusing on energy and sustainability, health care, financial services, and public policy.[6]


Through the roots of the Alston, Miller & Gaines’ predecessor firms, the merger with Jones, Bird and Howell formed Alston & Bird on December 1, 1982.[7] Expansion beyond Georgia began with the establishment of an office in Washington, D.C., followed by the 1997 merger with intellectual property-focused Bell Seltzer Park & Gibson (Charlotte and Raleigh), Walter, Conston, Alexander & Green in 2001 (New York), and Crews, Shepherd & McCarty LLP in 2007 (Dallas).[7]

In August 2008, the firm opened a Silicon Valley office with attorneys from the national firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.[8] The next month, Alston & Bird acquired Weston Benshoof Rochefort Rubalcava and MacCuish LLP (which had a total of ~100 lawyers), launching in Los Angeles and Ventura County to reach nine offices nationwide.[9] In March 2017, the firm opened its San Francisco office.[10] In September 2019, the firm opened their London office.[3]

Today, the firm is headquartered in Midtown Atlanta in One Atlantic Center.[11]

In February 2020, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Deputy Director, Brian Johnson, left the agency to become a partner at Alston & Bird LLP.[12]


The firm has offices in Atlanta, New York City, Washington, D.C., Brussels, Charlotte, Raleigh, Dallas, Fort Worth, London, Los Angeles, Beijing, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley.[1]


In June 2016, Alston & Bird announced that it would raise attorney salaries to match market rates set earlier that month by the New York–based law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore.[13] Firm bonuses range from $15,000 to $100,000, depending on service years and merit-based reviews.[14]

Political contributions[edit]

According to OpenSecrets, Alston & Bird was one of the top law firms contributing to federal candidates during the 2012 election cycle, donating $1.26 million, 53% to Democrats.[15] Since 1990, Alston & Bird contributed $5.1 million to federal campaigns.[16]

The New York Times reported that a $1 million contribution was made through Alston & Bird to Project Veritas in 2019.[17]

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Notable attorneys[edit]

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  1. ^ a b "Our Offices". Retrieved 3 March 2022.
  2. ^ a b c Polacheck, Jacob (10 February 2022). "Alston & Bird Crossed $1B Revenue Mark as Demand, Profits Soared". ALM. Retrieved 29 June 2022.
  3. ^ a b Hobbs, Meredith. "Alston Launches London Office, Boosting Payments, Finance Practices". ALM Media Properties, LLC. Retrieved 18 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Alston & Bird LLP | Member firm for USA, Georgia". LexMundi. LexMundi. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  5. ^ "100 Best Companies to Work For 2018". Fortune. Retrieved 2018-02-16.
  6. ^ "Alston & Bird LLP". Great Place to Work. Great Place to Work Institute. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Alston & Bird LLP". U.S. News & World Report. Law Firms: U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  8. ^ Slater, Dan (31 July 2008). "Akin to Shutter Offices in Taipei, Silicon Valley; Lawyers to Alston & Bird". The Wall Street Journal. The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  9. ^ King, Jonatha (1 August 2008). "Weston Benshoof Law Firm Merges With Atlanta Law Firm". Noozhawk. Malamute Ventures LLC. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  10. ^ Wolfe, Eli (23 March 2017). "Daily Journal Staff Writer". Esquire Legal Search. Esquire Inc. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Alston & Bird LLP". Chambers and Partners. Chambers & Partners. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  12. ^ "CFPB's No. 2 to leave agency for law firm". American Banker. 2020-02-25. Retrieved 2020-03-03.
  13. ^ Castro-Pagan, Carmen (15 August 2016). "After the $180K Salary Bump, What About Benefits in Big Law?". Bloomberg Law. he Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  14. ^ "Alston & Bird". glassdoor. Glassdoor, Inc. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  15. ^ "Lawyers & Lobbyists: Top Contributors to Federal Candidates, Parties, and Outside Groups". OpenSecrets. OpenSecrets.
  16. ^ "Organizations: Alston & Bird". OpenSecrets.
  17. ^ Mazzetti, Mark; Goldman, Adam (7 March 2020). "Erik Prince Recruits Ex-Spies to Help Infiltrate Liberal Groups". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 March 2020.
  18. ^ "Executive Profile". Bloomberg. Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  20. ^ "Schedule 14A". U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. g86948r4defm14a.txt: SEC. Retrieved 11 July 2018.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: location (link)
  21. ^ "IndyMac Bank Announces Agreement to Acquire Financial Freedom Holdings Inc.; The Recognized Industry Leader in the Reverse Mortgage Market". BusinessWire. Business Wire, Inc. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  22. ^ Amanda Bronstad, "Judge Agrees to Expand Plaintiffs Committees in Toyota MDL," The National Law Journal, 17 May 2010.
  23. ^ "Keith R. Blackwell".
  24. ^ "Joseph H. Hunt".
  25. ^ "Byung J. "BJay" Pak".
  26. ^ "Philip Henry Alston Jr. (1911-1988)". U.S. Department of State, Office of the Historian. Retrieved 29 June 2022.
  27. ^ Panter, Lona (1 September 2016). "UGA law school names inaugural Philip H. Alston, Jr. Distinguished Law Fellows". UGA Today. University of Georgia. Retrieved 29 June 2022.
  28. ^ "Lonnie Brown, Jr. named Dean of College of Law".
  29. ^ Lee, Christopher (2005-03-14). "Daschle Moving to K Street". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2018-02-16.
  30. ^ Seelye, Katharine Q. (5 December 2021). "Bob Dole, Old Soldier and Stalwart of the Senate, Dies at 98". The New York Times. Retrieved 29 June 2022.
  31. ^ "Bobby Jones' Law Partner Reminisces About Golf Great |". Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  32. ^ "HMX Group To Manufacture And Sell Bobby Jones Golf Equipment Designed By Jesse Ortiz - The Golf Wire". The Golf Wire. 2011-01-24. Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  33. ^ Smith Named Acting Administrator At Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  34. ^ "Scully joins Washington law firm Alston and Bird". Modern Healthcare. December 18, 2003.

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